Roadtesting the Waterford Greenway

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Earlier this year, a gorgeous new walking and cycling route was unveiled in the south-east of the country. Stretching from Waterford to Dungarvan (along a former Great Southern and Western Railway line), the Waterford Greenway is waiting to be explored.
Walkers heading into an underground tunnel
Cyclist on a trail with an aqueduct in the background
Left: Walkers traverse the Ballyvole Tunnel. Right: One of the many spectacular bridges on the Waterford Greenway.
Weaving its way from historic Waterford City to the pretty coastal town of Dungarvan, the Waterford Greenway is a 29-mile long stretch — boasting some of the most beautiful scenery in Ireland’s Ancient East, along with historic landmarks and intriguing stories.

Award-winning travel writer Pól Ó Conghaile recently cycled the length of the route for National Geographic Travel, a journey that takes between four and five hours (bikes available to hire). He was utterly charmed by the idyllic countryside views, as well as the friendly local characters he met along the way.

“Within a couple of miles of Waterford,” he writes, “the traffic dims to a distant hum. The Greenway slips into a groove alongside the River Suir and drifts of buttercups, daisies and foxgloves spring up like lollipop stalls. All I can hear is the wind brushing my ears, the purr of pedals and bleeps of birdsong. Wilderness therapy has begun.”
 
Read Pól’s piece in full via National Geographic Traveller.

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